Aisha Buhari, the First Lady, has narrated how fake news began in the country.
Mrs Buhari gave the narrative after returning from the United Kingdom where she went to have a ‘well deserved rest.’
Her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari, who has severally been a victim of fake news was recently rumored to have concluded plans to walk down the aisle with another woman, positioning the alleged new bride as his second wife.
The first lady is not left out as she is recently speculated to be waging war with cabals in her husband’s government. Although she had during her husband’s first term complained of some outsiders hijacking the mandate given to the president, Buhari has repeatedly dismissed it, saying he is in charge of his administration.
Narrating how it started, Mrs Buhari said fake news began with the rumored death of her husband while he was receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
“The genesis of this fake news started when my husband fell sick and perpetrators of this act were showing fake ambulance, hospital and dead body suggesting that my husband was dead,” Mrs Buhari said.
”That time, I received so many calls from other first ladies and presidents of other countries to confirm (the rumour); so I called the attention of NCC, NBC and the National Orientation Agency,” she added.
The first lady also called for the tackling of disseminating false information before it leads to serve consequences.
”Fake news will lead this country to something else if actions are not taken with immediate effect,” she warned.
TODAY POLITICS recalled that a parody website was first to carry the news of the alleged death of the president.
A former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode and Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) are some of those who gave credence to the story. The duo said the present occupant in the seat of power is an impersonator from Sudan.